in the know
We’ve put together a list of resources for you after your new puppy comes home.
Whether your dog goes to our Deb’s Camp Doodle or you train your puppy yourself with our On-line Training Program, a well-mannered puppy is the goal.
Having the right knowledge and training aids can make a world of difference.
The Other End of the Leash, Patricia McConnell, PhD
Perfect Puppy in 7 Days, Dr Sophia Yin, DVM, MS
In Defence of Dogs, John Bradshaw
Find A Trainer
Positively based on positive training by Victoria Stilwell, another resource for finding a trainer in your area. There’s also training info for owners www.positively.com
Grannick’s Bitter Apple for Dogs Spray Bottle. Bitter taste to discourage dogs and puppies from licking, gnawing and chewing on surfaces where applied. Stops pets from biting and chewing fur, wounds and bandages. Non-toxic, safe and effective chew deterrent.
Doggies love to play and need plenty of exercise! The Exercise Pen Enclosure is a perfect way to keep your dog safe and secure but still give them plenty of room to move around. This exercise pen is easy to use indoors or outdoors.
Poochie Bells Housetraining Dog Doorbell.
Puppies LOVE toys. Providing toys for your puppy is important for their happiness and your sanity. Puppies with toys are less likely to chew things that they shouldn’t, you just have to teach them what is acceptable. Whenever you see your puppy chewing on something that it isn’t supposed to, firmly tell them “no” and remind them that they have their own by presenting the puppy’s toy and saying “yours.”
If you have a heavy chewer, KONG brand toys are a durable choice. Kong Control Flex Tug Toy KONG Air Dog Squeakair Balls
Hide-A-Squirrel Puzzle Toy for Dogs The Hide-A-Squirrel introduces an innovative approach to playtime. The toy works as a reverse puzzle. First, hide the squeaky squirrel pieces in the in the various openings in the plush tree trunk. Then, simply sit back and watch as dogs use their problem solving skills to retrieve them. Dogs love to search, stalk, and capture the small “squeaky” prey.
Toys to Avoid: No rope toys (the shredded rope can be ingested and cause fatal complications
Carrots as a treat?
Many dogs like carrots, and there is nothing harmful about providing the odd raw carrot. Their diet, as in humans, should consist of a lot of different things in moderation. Your dog can eat most vegetables that humans eat, provided that they are in moderation. Just make sure that the pieces are bite-sized to avoid choking. Vegetables known to be toxic to dogs include onion, garlic, green parts of tomato plants, potato peelings, raisins, grapes, rhubarb leaves, broccoli and pips or stones from many household fruits.
Homemade Dog Treats
2 cups 100% whole wheat flour (All-Purpose may be substituted.)
2 (4oz) jars of pureed baby food – beef, blueberry, sweet potato, chicken – whatever. Just make sure there are no onions/onion powder in it. Avoid any with artificial preservatives (should be easy, most are just pureed veggies and water).
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix together to form stiff dough. If necessary, add extra flour or water as needed.
3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to about a 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shape or a pizza cutter to make cubes.
4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, place treats about 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Allow to cool completely before storing in a paper bag (storing in an air-tight container will make them soft, but they’re still edible).
Easy, right? Now this is where you can get creative! Consider including grated carrots or sweet potatoes, a little bit of parsley (which supposedly helps with bad breath), blueberries, or peanut butter.
I recommend the R and M Dog Bone 7 Piece Cookie Cutter Set